Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do at the climbing wall?
The wall features bouldering, top rope climbing, belay classes and hosts special
events such as competitions.
What do all of these terms (bouldering, top rope, belay, SPORT) mean?
Bouldering is climbing without a harness or rope, but staying close to the
ground and using padding to cushion falls.
Top Rope Climbing is climbing with a harness and rope, where the rope is secured at the top of the wall, where you can climb to the top
while being belayed by qualified individuals.
Belaying is the act of holding the rope so that if the climber falls, the belayer
stops the climber from descending.
Sport Climbing is climbing to the top of the wall with the assistance of a belayer.
For more details or explanations of other climbing terminology, please check out
our page about
Types of Climbing
How to do climb? Do I sign up?
Bouldering is open anytime the Student Recreation Center is open. If you need climbing
shoes, you can check them out from the front desk with your WVU ID.
Top Rope Climbing is available on weeknights (Monday through Friday) from 4
p.m. - 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
If you would like to learn how to belay, you can sign up for our Belay Classes via WVUGo.
Special Events are hosted periodically, check our Competitions and Special Events page for details!
Who is eligible?
SRC Patrons and Sponsored Guests.
As with the Student Recreation Center, children under the age of 15 must be under
direct adult supervision.
Do I have to do anything other than swipe in at the Student Recreation Center?
For bouldering please also swipe in at the wall
For roped climbing, our staff are available to assist with belaying you to the top
of the wall during our open rope hours. If you have interest in learning to
belay yourself, we offer 90 minute workshops, available for registration through
Belay classes and special events typically have a fee which you’ll pay during registration.
Do you have equipment? Can I use my own?
All equipment is free to rent while at the wall! This includes, climbing shoes, harnesses,
helmets, and chalk bags. You may also use your own equipment once checked
by a staff member. You must use the provided ropes and belay devices.
Are there other rules?
Yes, please refer to our
Climbing Wall Rules page.